ago, first place was mitt romney, second place was mike huckabee, third place was sam brownback, and sam brownback didn't finish the campaign. third place, you're fired. >> he was more critical of romney, being clear, saying he would have a hard time against obama, having supported health care. but on the debt business, it's really quite interesting. i mean, willing, it seems like, to go with the most conservative line, which is, you know, default be damned, we're going to keep opposing. >> don't think this presidential campaign that's going on right now didn't have an impact. >> sure. >> on this, because john boehner and the take party flank inside his own caucus, but whatever deal he cut, if he looked like he was doing a grand bargain, and somehow, basically elevating president obama, he was going to get maligned on the presidential campaign by everybody. >> i don't think there's a single republican candidate who was cutting him any slack, actually, any slack at all on this deal. >> well, i want to come back to that in a second.